The community and visitors look forward to Geneva festivals year after year. Knowing that our first thought, during these uncertain times, is the health and safety of those who may attend a festival, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Geneva of Commerce Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the traditional 2020 Christmas Walk, as we have had it in the past. The walk, scheduled for December 4, is being modified due to the pandemic and to avoid crowds and gatherings of that size.
Christmas Walk Weekends will be December 4-6, December 12-13 and December 19-20. Each weekend will feature something joyful related to the holidays. Under the unique challenges of these unparalleled times, we felt it was important to continue this cherished holiday tradition. While it will certainly look different in execution, this year’s holiday will bring smiles.
December 4-6 will be Traditions, Old & New. A favorite, chestnuts roasting, will commence on December 4. The tree and courthouse lawn will be lit that evening. So as not to encourage crowds, a time will not be released. Shops and restaurants will be open to welcome visitors all weekend. December 4 is also December’s First Friday in Geneva, where shops are open late.
December 12-13 will be Carols & Music. Carol with the family while sipping cocoa and coffee in our outside caroling tent. Families, up to 5 people, can reserve a table for $10. Reservations are required, we cannot allow walk-ins. Each reservation receives a goodie bag as well. Enjoy strolling musicians and carols the whole weekend. Again, shops and restaurants will be open.
December 19-20 brings a Cocoa Crawl to Geneva and our shops and restaurants will be open to grab that last-minute gift. Tickets will be on sale mid-November.
Santa will be moved to a temporary Geneva downtown location this year. Children are able to speak to him from the outside, 10:30 am-3:30 pm. To encourage social distancing and discourage crowds, registration will be required to see Santa, no exceptions. The cost to sign up will be $10/family and times will fill up quickly. We encourage children to write a letter to Santa and drop it in one of three mailboxes, located at corner of James and Third streets, in front of the Geneva Visitor Center, 10 S. Third St. or at the new Geneva Public Library at 227 S. Seventh Street. Don’t forget to include a return address so Santa can write back.
If you just want to catch a glimpse of Santa, he will ride in the horse-drawn carriage from
10-10:30 am every Saturday & Sunday beginning December 5 through December 20, from James Street to Crescent Place and back to James Street.
Our horse-drawn carriage begins at 10:30 am on December 5 and will continue until 1:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday through December 20. Pick-up is on the corner of James & Third streets. Reservations not necessary.
“We know holidays in Geneva are very popular and looked forward to, not only by the locals, but visitors to Geneva as well. This event has become a tradition for families and we look forward to seeing everyone for our annual Christmas Walk in 2021,” said Paula Schmidt, President of Geneva Chamber of Commerce. “Continue to follow our Facebook and Instagram and check our website for updates.”
Details, updates and registration information will be available on genevachamber.com by mid-November. Due to COVID-19, the Geneva Chamber may have to alter these events.